The Pantone color of the year 2019 is Living Coral, it was just announced last Thursday. The color of the year is normally chosen considering the most used colors on the Spring/Summer collections of the New York Fashion Week. This hue was already seen in some last Spring collections and we expect to see much more for the next season that will soon arrive in the stores.
The color of the year is always a reflection of the cultural moment of the world and its behavioral trends. The Living Coral is related to the growing awareness about the environment, as corals are being widely destroyed because of global warming, hurricanes and irresponsible tourism.
As Pantone described, the “Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.”
This color is very vivifying and effervescent, and its pink tones can also be associated with the feminist movements happening throughout the world. The living color can be easily used in different products, and it will certainly be seen in the beauty and decoration industries.
There is also a retro/vintage vibe on the Living Coral, as it was widely seen during the 60’s and 80’s. This hue can also represent convivial, being related to social interaction and real experiences. That said, it is not a mistake that Airbnb just chose coral as their logo’s hue.
On the fashion industry, the Living Coral is considered a warm subtone. It is not hard to combine with other colors, but we advice you to mix with either blue or red tones, as they are the Coral’s complementar and analog colors.
Last, but not least, the Living Coral “…embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”
You can check here the post about the 2018 color: Ultra violet.
Photos: Pantone, Nordstrom, Pinterest
Marcia, from New York
Sparkling clothes and accessories – sequins, lurex, glitter, etc. are a big trend this Fall/Winter. We have seen them in the fashion shows and they are at almost every store in NYC. If you like the style and are thinking about buying something new for the holiday parties, here are 7 ways to wear sparkling clothes this season. And make more use of your new shining piece of clothing.
Do you feel too complicated to style your clothes in different ways? Here is something that could help you.
A midi length with long sleeve dress looks so good with unexpected booties and a textured handbag.
A colorful sequined skirt looks playful with a T shirt and white pumps.
A mini one-shoulder dress is so 80’s, but looks current.
Wool is the opposite of sequins, it is soft and opaque. The same as a turtleneck and a skirt with a slit. That’s why this outfit looks so good.
Clochard sequined pants are nothing but traditional, that’s why it looked good with a lurex sweater.
This silver dress could go to any party, but with a black turtleneck and white boots it looks specially cool.
The same skirt above with an oversized sweater looks very modern.
Are you thinking about buying any sparkling piece of clothing this holiday season?
Photos: ShopBop, Kirna Zabête, My Theresa, Moda Operandi.
The Fashion talk of the moment is the interview Ed Razek, the CMO of Victoria’s Secret, gave to Vogue. He was questioned why the brand does not yet have inclusivity and diversity in the models participating in their famous runaway show. His answer was that the show is a fantasy and nobody wanted to see diversity. They received so many angry social media comments that this might have accelerated the departure of their CEO. Our question is – Is Victoria’s Secret connected with women?
For a long time we have been talking in our workshops and courses in Brazil about new underwear brands in the market that are much more connected with women: Third Love, Aerie, True & Co and Everlane. And that there is negative impact in Victoria’s Secret sales. An article in the NY Times this Sunday says that despite the fact they are still market leaders, the stock of the company is down 41%. The runway show had 9.7 millions viewers in 2103, decreasing to 5 millions viewers in 2017. The crisis of the malls in the US is said to be part of the problem.
Another reason could be that women are less interested in push-up bras and are choosing to wear more natural and comfortable underwear. Ed Razek also said in the interview that Victoria’s Secret doesn’t want to be the third love, they wanted to be the first love of all women. It was a clear reference to the underwear brand Third Love that was created by women, sells online, makes different nudes tones considering different skin colors and makes 70 different sizes. And also has photos of real women instead of models with perfect bodies in their website. Better than this, they guide the client in the website for her to be able to choose the best style and size for her. She can order it, wear for one month and then decide if it is a good fit for her body and lifestyle. If there is a return, the bra is donated to someone that can’t afford to buy one.
The Third Love founder Heidi Zak wrote a beautiful open letter to Victoria’s Secret that was in the NY Times this Sunday as well: ”Your show may be a fantasy but we live in reality. Our reality is that women wear bras in real life as they go to work, breastfeed their children, play sports, care for ailing parents, and serve their country.” “It’s time to stop telling women what makes them sexy – let us decide.” “We may not have been a woman’s first love but we will be her last. To all women everywhere, we see you, and we hear you. Your reality is enough. To each, her own.”
As a women and a personal stylist that works with real women, I know how frustrating it is to not feel inclusivity in a store. I know how difficult and sensitive can be to buy a bra. The majority of women wear wrong sizes and underwear is the foundation of our wardrobe, making all difference in how clothing looks. Also how can it be difficult dealing with all the changes in our lives, hormonal fluctuations, pregnancies, breastfeeding, menopause, not mentioning diseases, all affecting our self-esteem. In times of #MeToo and #TimesUp, nothing makes less sense than a women underwear brand created to please men.
Isn’t fascinating to see this happening? What is your opinion about this? I would love to hear it.
There are some great tips out there about how to pack, but the truth is that women struggle a lot when deciding what to take to a trip. So I decided to write this post about 10 Tips to Pack Strategically considering that the luggage weight allowance is decreasing and travelers are opting for AirBnBs where help with the luggage is not expected. In addition to the fact that many cities have more efficient public transportation than taxi to and from the airport. So, a trip starts much better when we leave home lighter.
Choose clothes that you can mix and match. If you are not sure if it will work, take a time to try on the looks and take photos. Having a cellphone album will help when you arrive at the hotel and don’t have to much time to get ready.
It may sound weird to say this, but there is no problem in repeating clothes in a trip. You change the accessories, you change the look.
Shoes are the biggest issue. You need to look for comfort and versatility, so high heels are probably not a good idea. Many cities are not even walkable in heels, do your research first. Medium to low heels blocked heels (or similar) are the most versatile and work day or night.
Sneakers are the best shoes for trips. Take advantage that they are in fashion now and they look good (modern) with almost any clothes. Also there are so many styles to choose from. Just remember the test drive first. This here is a good one since you don’t need to wear socks.
Choose one or two colors to be the theme of your travel capsule wardrobe. And add neutral colors. For example, when I do my winter escape trip from NY to the beach I usually choose blue plus another one and whites, and definitely I leave black in NY. You get more of separate pieces than dresses, so unless you are going to the beach, keep dresses to 1 or 2. But they need to be versatile, just think about changing accessories.
Skip precious jewelry except the ones you wear all the time. But jewelry in general is a great accessory. Just keep to a reasonable quantity and consider weight. Be sure they go well with the clothes you have chosen. A tip from a newyorker: if it will be cold, skip long earrings and big hoops, you can loose them because of the scarves. Choose small to middle size ones. Same with gloves and rings.
Light silk scarves are the best travel accessories, there are so many ways of wearing them: besides the neck, as belts or as a head band.
I always suggest taking a pashimina to all destinations. I wear it in the airplane, as a scarf, when it gets chilly in the summer nights or in air conditioned places. Choose one color that goes with everything.
If you are like me and love hunting for exquisite things at street markets when you travel, leave a free space and weight in your luggage.
If the trip includes many places, change of hotels and trains, take the smallest luggage possible + a backpack. One small cross bag and a make up case that doubles as a clutch. I bet you have one, as an inspiration check this one here.
Are you planning a winter trip this year and you have no idea what to wear? Soon we are going to have some news at Crivorot Scigliano, stay tuned!
Recent research has concluded that experiences can be much more appreciated than buying products. For example, traveling is consider more fulfilling than buying a designer bag that can cost more than a very special trip. We have been receiving many inquiries about giving our services as special gifts. So, do you want a great idea for a holiday gift? Give someone an experience that would bring many benefits.
We have two personal services to propose as wonderful holiday gifts:
Wardrobe Consultation where he/she would benefit from:
Less stress in the mornings. Life is much easier when we know what to wear.
Learning how to wear the same piece in different ways – the closet seems to multiply!
A wardrobe that fits and reflects his/her lifestyle
Learning what really looks good on his/her
2. Color Analysis is a gift that the person is going to enjoy forever:
Knowing the best colors that enhance one’s natural beauty
Shopping better with confidence where to invest money
Learning about color combination, which is a trick to magnify one’s wardrobe
Knowing how to choose the best prints
Finding the best hair color options and make up
For more details about these services please send an email to email@example.com
Marcia sees clients in NYC / Westchester NY and the tristate area. Check her instagram here.
All personal services provided by Crivorot Scigliano are here.
Cardigans might look a bit difficult to be worn in a modern way, at least I hear this complain from my clients. They happily buy one and every time they try to wear it, they say it looks like classic office attire. So here are 10 ideas of how to wear a cardigan.
A cashmere cardigan is a perfect layering piece for Fall Winter, and is very versatile as well. It also fits any personal style, from the most classic elegant women to modern creative people. This is because it feels very current now, part of the vintage mood that is a huge trend in the past few years. Just think about Gucci aesthetic success since Alessandro Michele had assumed as their head designer.
There are many new interesting styles this season, but it is all about how to wear it. And how is the best way of wearing a cardigan and look current? Here are 10 photos to inspire you. Some ideias include wearing a cardigan instead of a shirt under a blazer or wearing it with a belt. Changing buttons is a simple and easy DIY, you can even add some extra buttons inspired in some styles of this season (see photo below).
Some trendy styles these past seasons are a bit oversized, so pulling the sleeves look better if you are petite. Also, consider the rest of the look, choose more casual pieces such as a T shirt and denim or a contemporary dress if you don’t want an all “vintage look”.
Sweater season is officially open! There are so many interesting options in the stores, including some ideas about how to customize one you already own! So here are 10 Fall Winter 2018 Sweaters, all different in style and composition.
Taking care of the sweaters is very important, they are the most delicate pieces of clothing that we have. And they are expensive. So take a look at how hand wash sweaters in this post here.
Warm and cozy, can be worn backwards
Oversized with neon details, very trendy
Embellishment details make this sweater ready to party
Faux fur pocket
Colors and textures with a handmade feeling
Sweaters can be sexy
For romantic girls
The power of sleeves, very trendy now
Which one is your favorite?
Brands: Ulla Johnson, Ba&Sh, Tibi, Sandro, Peter Pilotto, Monse, Sezane, Isabel Marant
A question that we hear from our clients and students that are really interested in sustainable fashion: Is it possible for an ethical piece of clothing not to be outrageously expensive? First of all, being sustainable could mean different possibilities, and many brands that have this concept prefer to call themselves eco-conscious or ethical. But the answer is yes, there are interesting options and this post is about one of them – Cuyana: conscious and accessible fashion.
The brand has recently opened a permanent physical store in NoLIta NYC. Previously they had two pop-up stores here. Cuyana, which means To Love in Qechua was founded by two women in San Francisco with the concept of Fewer, Better, what we also call Slow Fashion, in opposition of Fast Fashion. They say they create timeless collections with attention to detail, and being direct-to-consumer they can practice more affordable prices.
As a personal stylist, I always suggest to my clients to shop strategically, look for ethical brands if it is possible, considering that timeless pieces can be worn in different occasions just changing the styling. This is what I call the dream wardrobe.
All photos are from Cuyana website.
We love to see the runway shows and the new trends, connecting fashion with what’s gong on in the world. But our personal styling clients like to get inspiration to get dressed with what they already have in their wardrobe. So here are 8 ideas of Fall looks with clothes you already have.
A classic crewneck sweater is a good piece to have, good to go with denim or a nice skirt to a party. A way to style it in a current way is layering over another shirt and pulling the sleeves.
If you have white booties, mules or sneakers, not only they make a black outfit fashionable, but also they are very versatile. Another tip is, when wearing a dress and a oversized jacket in the same color, it is easy to get the proportions right even if you are not tall.
A light midi length summer dress looks so good with a similar color cardigan and colorful boots and bag.
I always say that Fall is the best time of the year to get dressed! Its all about layers. Different colors and textures make it interesting and open buttons elongate the figure.
Pure white, off white or ecru look beautiful for chilly days, just avoid if it is going to rain. Choose shoes in earthy tone and interesting heels. If it gets cooler, just add a turtleneck under the shirt, it would look very current with these sleeves. And this photo is not new!
Oversized sweaters look good with midi length skirts, very modern. Later on, try with heavier suede sandals, and then with boots.
A summer floral long dress looks perfect during Fall with a sweater and boots. They don’t need to be western style boots, any pair you have will do. So cool.
I personally like the idea of wearing a skirt over leggings and sandals. Or pumps. Just try it, if it is not your style, change to boots. The “bib neck” is a great extra layer when gets cold.
And you, do you like getting dressed in the Fall?
Photos, Style du Monde, Arket, Giada, Vogue Paris, Veronica Beard, Hampden
Recently a list of the most “wakable” cities came out, and, of course, New York is one of them. For this reason, today’s post is an answer to a question: Looking for Comfortable and Sustainable Shoes? People often ask me for tips about good shoes to tour the the city. Many people aren’t used to walk much and when they arrive here they don’t really know if their footwear will be appropriate.
Therefore, I recommend the shoe brand Allbirds. I had already heard about it and was curious to try. After all, they did not only create a sustainable product, but sold one million shoes in 2017; there should be be a good reason for that. The sneaker is not fashionable, contains no logo and is not exactly pretty, but promises comfort. It is made with wool – yes, you heard it right, it’s made with the fabric that is considered to be the most sustainable. The product can be used without socks, thus the wool enables your foot to “breath” and regulates the temperature, allowing it to be worn when cold or when hot. But this is not all, they can also be machine-washed. I did not only decide to try it, but brought during a summer trip to Scandinavia, when I had to prepare light luggage with clothes and footwear for all types of weather. These shoes don’t weight much, so I strongly recommend them when packing light.
One of the creators of the brand comes from New Zeland, that is why he claims to know a lot about wool. For him, it was essential to create a product that doesn’t harm the nature. The shoelaces are made in different colors with recycled polyester and can be obtained in the stores without extra cost. Here goes a fashionable detail that you can add to your shoe: I, for example, I have dark grey shoes, but I wear them with purple, yellow and coral shoelaces.
After producing the wool model they created one made with eucalyptus trees, adding to it a cool effect. I have to try it out in their new store in Spring St, New York. The shop can be seen in the following pictures and is clearly bigger than the previous one.
Sustainability is a topic that always interested us. Our post Slow Fashion, written some years ago, talks about this and is worth reading.
So what do you think about it? Are you curious about trying it out? Does the fact that the brand is sustainable influences you? I would love to hear your opinion about this matter.